This is in response to Ms. Harding, who expressed that the reason so many children are in foster care is the expense associated with adoption.
I would like to clarify that adopting a child through foster care involves very little cost. San Joaquin County's Human Services Agency works closely with each perspective adoptive family to provide training, home study completion and emotional support so that the out-of-pocket expenses to the family are minimal.
San Joaquin County currently has approximately 1,600 foster children, many of whom are waiting for their forever families. I would encourage anyone looking to grow their family through adoption to explore foster-adoption; I can personally attest to what a rewarding process it is!
More information can be attained by calling 209-465-KIDS (465-5437).